Meet the jury at Pond's Femina Miss India 2005
After introducing the contestants, Jasmeet 'Jassi' Walia who looked absolutely stunning in a light turquoise sari, introduced the esteemed judges.
The leggy Pooja Bedi looked stunning in a backless evening gown, while columnist Shobhaa De was the picture of poise. Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor too favoured black as she looked ravishing in a sexy one-piece suit. Prominent businessman Anand Mahindra was the first male judge to join the pretty ladies.. we mean the judges!
The announcement of the names of the first four judges was followed by a rocking performance by the new and upcoming duo, the Bombay Rockers who performed their hit number Teri toh.
Post-performance the other judges were announced. The list included some major movers and shakers — designer Rocky S, actress and former Femina Miss India 2001Celina Jaitley, the Executive Editor of the Times Jaideep Bose and Olympic silver medallist Lt Col Rajyavardhan Rathore.
The audience watched on with rapt attention as the 23 contestants dazzled them in jewellery in white gold that has been sponsored by Kiah. Apart from the adornments the contestants were wearing on stage, the 23 lovely ladies have also had sessions to understand diamonds better. After all, diamonds are a girl's best friend.
As the contestants sashayed on stage in ethnic wear by designer Suneet Verma, India's first Indian Idol Abhijeet Sawant regaled the audience with his melodious voice, starting with his by-now signature tune, Mohabbatein lootaon ga.
After Abhijeet finished, the list of the contestants who made it to semi-finals were announced.
Next > 10 Semi Finalists
10 Semi Finalists
The semi-finalists were:
Contestant No. 1 from Pune Amrita
Delhi girl Contestant No. 2 Aparna
Bangalore babe Contestant No. 6 Vaishali
Moradabad ki apni Contestant No. 8 Jyoti
Uttranchal's Contestant No. 13 Niharika
Yet another Bangalore babe Contestant No. 15 Priya
Delhi girl Contestant No. 16 Priyanka
Contestant No. 18 Shivani
Contest No. 19 Sindhura
And Noida-girl Contestant No. 20 Sonal.
As the Question Round began, one by one the contestants proved their mental worth.
Contest 1 Amrita answered to Kareena Kapoor, Contestant 2 answered to Pooja Swami —the winner of Meri Pond's Femina Miss India Contest for asking the best question. Contestant 24 Vaishali answered to Shobhaa De while Contestant Jyoti answered a question asked by Celina Jaitley.
Pooja Bedi's question was for Contestant 13 Niharika, Contestant 15 was asked by Rajyavardhan Rathore, designer Rocky S's question was for Contestant 16 Priyanka, Contestant 18 Shivani's question was by Anand Mahendra. Contestant 19 Sindhura replied to Suniel Shetty's question, while Contestant 20 Sonal replied to Jaideep Bose's question.
As Mr Bose's question brought an end to the question round, singer Nicolette took the stage with Ankhiyan mila ke , the contestant awaited the announcement of the names of the five finalists.
This was the first time that a Saatvik Diet lunch had been prepared specially for the contestants during the training sessions.
The menu comprised jowar and bajra rotis, veggies sans oil and spices, dal, brown rice, salads and fruits. Mickey Mehta, the trainer and official nutritionist, says: ''This is the first time in the world and in the history of beauty pageants that a Saatvik diet has been introduced.''
Spotted among the audience was former tennis star and now Hollywood film-maker Ashok Amritraj.
If this was the night for the glitteratti, it was also the night for the finalists of the Sony's Indian Idols as Prajakta Shukre sang, Amit Sana and Rahul Vaidya took centre stage.
Next > PFMI Sub Titles
Pond's Femina Miss India sub titles
Now we present winners of the Pond's Femina Miss India sub titles:
Pond's Femina Miss Beautiful Skin: Contestant 19 Sindhura
Pond's Femina Miss 10: Contestant 18 Shivani
Pond's Femina Miss talented: Contestant 23 Suchitra
Pond's Femina Miss Athlete: Contestant 4 Gwen
Pond's Femina Miss Mirchi Listeners' Choice: Contestant 18 Shivani
Pond's Femina Miss Rich Feel Miss Beautiful Hair: Contestant 13 Niharika
Pond's Femina Miss Provogue 8888: Contestant 20 Sonal
Pond's Femina Miss Sony My Miss India: Contestant 10 Kaveri
The announcement of the sub title winners was followed by performances by actress Hrishita Bhatt along with TV actors Amit Sareen of Kkusum, Chetna Hansraj and Manav Gohil.
With the final moments of the contest drawing near, the excitement levels were rising in the audience, a lot of which could be contributed to Yana Gupta's scintillating performance.
Sameer Soni interacted with the 10 semi-finalists backstage.
Let's go through the impressive list of the past Miss India's. The most famous names in recent times being Sushmita Sen, who was Femina Miss India 1994and went on to become the first Indian to win the Miss Universe crown in 1995. Aishwarya Rai- Femina Miss India 1994, brought back the Miss World Crown in 1995 for the second time to the Indian shores after Rita Faria (first Miss World from India) won it in 1966.
Then, there were - Diana Hayden (Miss World 1997); Yukta Mukhi (Miss World 1999) and current Bollywood hottie Priyanka Chopra (Miss World 2000).
Meanwhile back stage the contestants were all confidence despite the fact that other than finalists, it will be the end of the journey for the rest.
Jassi took the stage again to announce the 5 finalists, and they were:
Contestant 1 Amrita!
Contestant 19 Sindhura!
Contestant 13 Niharika!
Contestant 16 Priyanka!
Contestant 15 Priya!
The five finalists lined up on stage for the final countdown. The last round that will change the lives of three of them...
A common question is asked and all five are asked to write down their responses. Sameer collects the answers that are then read out by Jassi. As the judges decide on the result once the contestants finish with their answers, Shahid Kapoor gives a fun performance.
The final moments arrive too soon as all 23 contestants line up on stage wearing designer Ritu Kumar's ensembles. And finally, it's THE moment... And the winners are:
Pond's Femina Miss India Earth 2005 is Contestant 13, Niharika, who was crowned by Pond's Femina Miss India-Earth 2004 Jyoti B!
Pond's Femina Miss India World is Contestant 19, Sindhura, who was crowned by Pond's Femina Miss India-World 2004 Sayali!
And finally, Pond's Femina Miss India Universe 2005 is Contestant 1, Amrita, who was crowned by Pond's Femina Miss India-Universe Tanushree!
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